Connect with us


Cereal Is The Enemy! Protein Is The Breakfast Of Kings!

Cereal Is The Enemy! Protein Is The Breakfast Of Kings!

Coincidentally, at the same time as being encouraged by a friend to try the NEW Atkins diet (which isn’t as dangerous for your heart as the old version) – which encourages you to have balanced amounts of healthy fats and protein, cut out sugar, and minimise the number of carbs you can eat each day – I also came across the DVCC’s latest article on how important a protein filled breakfast is for weight loss. Excellent timing!

I’m not advocating the Atkins diet based on any nutritional education, as neither my friend nor I have any qualifications to do so. However, my friend is a really lovely size 10, and I have managed to lose 11 Ibs over the first 3 weeks on the Atkins diet.  If the following information on protein & fat being better for your diet than cereals and toast inspires you to change though, I would recommend looking in to the Atkins meal plans and carbohydrate counter tool – as you’d be surprised to learn which fruit, veg and dairy actually contain overly high levels of sugar and carbohydrate.

The advice from DVCC and the meal plans on New Atkins do seem to sing from the same hymn sheet. I thought I’d investigate further into what the deal is – as it seems very bizarre to be ‘dieting’ and still dining in luxury with mushrooms and bacon, or salmon and eggs for breakfast every day, and to be ‘forbidden’ from eating cereal – which until now I have eaten religiously in the pursuit of a flatter stomach.

First thing’s First – why are Cereals and Other Typical Breakfast Foods so Bad?

Well, obviously there’s sugar. For children’s cereal there’s added sugar, but even for healthy adult options such as fruit & fibre, which was a staple of mine for years, there’s more sugar in a serving (from the dried fruit) than 1/3 of your daily recommended intake for sugar. Current recommendations are that people should only consume 50g a day, (muesli/fruit & fibre etc. often have between 15g and 20g per serving), but recommendations are for this value to be halved due to rising obesity levels! Of course, if you’re filling up on your recommended sugar intake on what you deem to be ‘healthy’ breakfasts, and then eat fruit for snacks, and sweet potato or other veg for dinner, you will be way over your daily recommended intake before you’ve even treated yourself to a low fat (read higher sugar) vanilla latte or a chocolate bar – which to be honest, most of us do even when we’re being mostly ‘good’. Sugar is everywhere – and the best thing to do is to avoid added sugar at all costs, to avoid ‘low fat’ products such as yogurts, milk and butters (opt for the pure full fat options, just watch the quantity used)

Cereal Is The Enemy! Protein Is The Breakfast Of Kings!

Other common misconceptions of ‘healthy breakfasts’ range from fruit smoothies (way too high in sugar), wholemeal or white toast/bread, which itself contains up to 3g sugar (before you add honey, jam, marmalade etc.), low fat yogurts with fruit, or even pure fruit juices.

Other than navigating through the maze of breakfast options to make sure you AVOID sugar, you also need to select a meal which will provide you with the right nutrients for healthy body, mind, and weight loss (if you’re trying to lose weight). If you try to weigh up the recommended calorie allowance, sugar intake, fat intake, and remain under these limits, whilst also trying to ensure you get enough portions of fruit, veg, protein and other essential nutrients to ensure your body has everything it needs, it can become a really daunting task. It can be especially difficult when it comes to doing a weekly shop, planning what to eat for dinner in relation to what you’ve already consumed so far in the day, and most of all when you’re having to find meals in a hurry or out and about!

Benefits of Protein, Good Fats, and Fibre:

So, other than looking for breakfast foods which don’t have high sugar/carb content in, you also want to seek out food which has protein, good fats, and fibre. The choice of what you eat for breakfast sets up the way your brain will function for the day – so, that’s quite important! You’ve probably heard it said that you need energy, protein, nutrients for your brain to function to its best, and it’s entirely true. As if that’s not enough reason to go protein-focused for breakfast, how about the fact that protein fills you up in a better way than cereals? Cereal doesn’t give you the right energy for the day, and doesn’t leave you feeling as full for as long as protein and good fats do – leading to hunger & snacking.

From first-hand experience over the past few weeks on New Atkins, I can vouch for the fact that you can feel full from bacon, egg, and spinach, or mushrooms, eggs and asparagus can really fill you up. I normally want to snack by 11ish, and I honestly don’t feel hungry. The other great things about New Atkins is that you can still have treats. Whether you buy their branded snacks or use them for inspiration, there are chocolate treats or coconut-y treats which because some of the more sugary content has been exchanged for purer ingredients, and they have fibre and fat instead, they are fine for the diet! So you don’t have to be able to resist temptation nor go hungry – 2 things I’ve always suffered from in previous diets.

Furthermore, protein is good for healthy skin, nails, muscles, cartilage, and blood, amongst other things. It helps build and repair tissue too, as well as being a slower release form of energy.

Eggs – not true that they’re bad for cholesterol as previously thought, ok to eat more often. They also are a great source of choline which is needed to keep your brain and nervous system healthy. They also contain mostly good fats, so are a great staple to cover both bases! Salmon or white fish are also excellent sources of protein, and similarly contain a variety of the good fats and nutrients. You should aim for 2 servings of salmon/sardines/tuna/mackerel a week!

Healthy fats are monounsaturated, or polyunsaturated, and bad fats are trans and saturated.  Healthy fats come from things like avocados, almonds, cashews, coconuts and pecans, and these actually help to improve cholesterol! Olive oil is another great source of healthy fats, don’t overdo it as with any of the fats, but using it for cooking or dressing salads is better for you than using low fat cooking oils or salad dressings (which will contain sugar and carbs!).

Fibre is also vital for a healthy body, and helps to improve digestion, help with weight loss, and also help prevent heart disease, diabetes, and even some cancers. You should aim for 18g a day. Good sources of fibre are rye, fruit, root vegetables, and nuts and seeds.

The ideal diet will include a varied balance of these fibre, proteins and good fats, whilst reducing the amount of sugar, carbohydrates and bad fats. Check labels, use google, and start to be aware of how much sugar is in ordinary products like milk, ham and bread. You’ll be amazed at what you’re eating, and start to work out a new healthier balanced diet.

Recent Posts

Autos4 days ago

How Suspension in your Automobile will Improve your Travel

Many people often think of speed, the roar, and the engine when choosing the car they want. Often people do...

Business1 week ago

How Can Product Owner Develop Stakeholder Management Strategy?

All the organizations require a proper stakeholder management-based strategy so that the goals of the organization can be achieved most...

Tech2 weeks ago

How To Display A Live Facebook Feed To Your WordPress Website

Around 22% of the global population uses Facebook. Such a large number of user-base suggests that Facebook truly has the...

wordpress-hosting wordpress-hosting
Tech2 weeks ago

5 Criteria of the Best WordPress Hosting to Know Before Buying

The best WordPress hosting, how to choose it? For many bloggers and website owners, there must be a question that...

Tech2 weeks ago

Agile BI – All You Would Like To Know

The name says it all. As we talk about one of the most revolutionary approaches in the world of business...

Sports3 weeks ago

Feeling Run Down?

We’re currently living through a difficult time for the world. Many of us are forced to remain indoors, working from...

Lifestyle4 weeks ago

8 Best Ways to Save Money When Shopping

If you want to save money when grocery shopping or each time you make a purchase, then you have to...

Travel Mistakes Travel Mistakes
Travel4 weeks ago

7 Travel Mistakes to Avoid

Traveling abroad requires a lot of planning and research to prepare for a trip abroad. Of course, it’s a wonderful...

Business1 month ago

5 Factors to Consider When Choosing Quality Magento Extensions for Your Online Store

It might seem that picking among three thousand available Magneto extensions is a simple and great way to extend your...

Business1 month ago


Internet shopping can be very common and easily turn out to be a favorite choice for buying, since the items...

Home Improvement1 month ago

6 Simple Ways to Prepare Your Home for House Guests

Whether a family is coming in for the holidays or it is your turn to host this month’s book club...

Marketing1 month ago

How to Properly and Efficiently Optimize Your Website for SEO

In today’s crowded online world, a website that’s not optimized for SEO may as well not exist. Unless a customer...

Home Improvement1 month ago

8 Terrible Home Cleaning Mistakes You Might be Making

Knowing how to clean your home correctly is something that nobody teaches you in the formal education system. If you’re...

Life Hacks1 month ago

7 Things You Can Do To Kill Boredom During A Long Flight

Going on a vacation is one refreshing activity and a fun thing to do. Things get a little difficult when...

Home Improvement2 months ago

5 Bathroom Remodeling Tips You Must Know In 2020

The bathroom is one of the most frequently used places in the house. So, it should be most comfortable as...